Unfinished White Oak Flooring

White oaks are just one of many types of more than 450 species of oaks which live around the world. Considered a keystone species, oaks support our planet’s ecosystem like very few other tree species do. These stately trees are fundamental to the health of our forests, providing critical food, habitat and shelter for animals, birds, and insects, and have the highest amount of biomass compared to any other tree species in the forest, working harder to clean our air than many of their fellow tree species.

Without Question Northern White and Appalachian White Oak are the most important sub species with regards to flooring. The heartwood ranges from a pale-yellow brown to a gray brown or tan “biscuit” brown, to a darker brown, occasionally with a pink tinge. White oak sapwood is usually lighter in color, often close to white.

White Oak Hardwood Flooring

White Oak Unfinished

Flooring Grade: Select & better

White Oak Unfinished

Flooring Grade: #1 Common

White Oak Unfinished

Flooring Grade: Character

White Oak Unfinished

Flooring Grade: #2 Common

White Oak Rift & Quartered Unfinished

Flooring Grade: Select

White Oak Rift & Quartered Unfinished

Flooring Grade: Character

White Oak Unfinished

Flooring Grade: Live Sawn

White Oak Installation

Lumber – Compared to red oak, on the average, white oak is heavier, stronger, and frequently darker in color. Much of the native white oak lumber is exported to Japan and Europe. When properly aged, white oak makes excellent barrels for wine–probably the best oak wine barrels in the world. Whiskey barrels are another excellent use for oak.

Janka Hardness: 1,360 pounds Color: Light to dark brown with light brown sapwood. Photosensitivity: Low Tangential Shrinkage: 7.2 % Radial Shrinkage: 4.2 % Durability Rating: Rated as very resistant to heartwood decay. Drying Characteristics: Moderate movement. Working Characteristics: Rated as easy to work, gluing and holding fasteners exceptionally well. It can split when nailed unless predrilled. It is rated as ‘finishing well’ but shrinks considerably.

Applications: Ships, railroad crossties, timber bridges, tannin dyes, fuel wood, hardwood dimensions and flooring, furniture, veneer, plywood, barrels, kegs, casks, truck and trailer beds, mining timbers, containers, pallets, caskets, boxes, paneling, flooring.